Today, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced several cuts to their training camp roster, reducing their numbers to 26. Meanwhile, the Marlies released eight players from camp to be sent to the Newfoundland Growlers, while picking up 13 players coming from the Leafs. An additional five players are in purgatory, better known as waivers.
You can read all about that in the post linked below.
Toronto Maple Leafs Cut Roster to 26
In addition to those moves made by the Leafs, the Marlies and the Growlers made a pair of announcements, to round out their training camp rosters. Growlers training camp starts Monday.
From Marlies to OHL
D: Sean Durzi (Owen Sound Attack), and Mac Hollowell (SSM Greyhounds)
The players the Leafs hold the rights to, but who aren’t signed, are all on the pipeline chart.
Released from Marlies
F: Semyon Babintsev, Maxim Mizyurin, Marcus Power
D: James Melindy, Kristians Rubins
G: Michael Garteig
All but Mizyurin are on ECHL contracts to the Growlers.
Here’s how everything shakes out *inhales*:
The Marlies play another exhibition game on Tuesday, and the roster available for that game, will look more familiar to fans.
Trevor Moore - Adam Brooks - Jeremy Bracco
Carl Grundstrom - Chris Mueller* - Adam Cracknell*
Pierre Engvall - Josh Jooris* - Dmytro Timashov
Mason Marchment - Colin Greening - Rich Clune
Emerson Clark - Griffin Molino - J.J. Piccinich
Eric Selleck (PTO)
Calle Rosen - Timothy Liljegren
Andreas Borgman - Vincent LoVerde*
Rasmus Sandin - Jordan Subban*
Andrew Nielsen - Sam Jardine
Kyle Cumiskey (PTO)
Justin Peters (PTO)
There is still a lot of movement to be seen on the Marlies roster. It is unlikely any of the five players currently on waivers could be claimed by noon tomorrow, but you never know if a team puts in a claim for a fourth center like Mueller, Jooris or Cracknell, or thinks they can give Subban a shot in the NHL.
In addition to that, the team might get as many as four players from the Leafs, or as few as zero, depending on whether there are trades or waiver claims as the Leafs get down to 23 players on their roster.
The right side of the defense seems pretty solid. Liljegren, LoVerde, and Subban all look to be in comfortable spots. If Holl gets sent down, he can take LoVerde’s spot on the second pair and push Subban to be the extra RHD.
On the left, Sandin might make the team, or he can go back to Rogle. Marincin might make the Leafs, or the Marlies, or be traded or waived out of the organization altogether. Nielsen seems pretty stuck in his spot as the extra guy on the Marlies. No NHL ELC skater in the Leafs organization has ever been sent to the ECHL, but this is Dubas and he’s only been working as “the guy” for a few months, so who knows.
The forwards aren’t nearly as complicated. Basically, the prospects the Leafs will want to give ice time to, will get that ice time, and will have competent veterans around them to help them grow. The rest is just mixing and matching with the fringe players that will go between the AHL and ECHL.
For the goalies, if Dubas isn’t able to sneak any of his three fringe goalies to the AHL, Kaskisuo and Peters is a fine pairing for the AHL. Barring Sparks clearing waivers and being sent down, Kaskisuo will be the Marlies starter.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Justin Peters and the Long Road Back
Derian Plouffe - Brady Ferguson - Scott Pooley
Semyon Babintsev - Matt Bradley - Josh Kestner
Hudson Elynuik - Giorgio Estephan - Zach O’Brien
Jimmy Soper (PTO) - Ryan Moore - Marcus Power
Kristian Pospisil (inj)
Scott Trask (PTO)
Stefan LeBlanc - Alex Gudbranson
Adam Pardy - Evan Neugold
Kristians Rubins - James Melindy
Kyle Thacker - Andrew Darrigo (PTO)
Brad Barone (PTO)
Piccinich, Molino, Clark, Jardine, Cumiskey, and Selleck will be the most likely players to come down from the Marlies and fill out the roster. Plouffe, Ferguson, Pooley, Kestner, Bradley, Gudbranson, LeBlanc, and McAdam all spent time in the AHL last year. The players in italics are on try-outs with the Growlers.
Newfoundland Growlers of the ECHL
And there you have it; the house that Dubas built.